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Drug addicts shoot up on Melbourne streets and leave used needles despite legal injecting room

Meth and heroin addicts are taking to the streets to shoot up drugs, defecate on the sidewalks and then leaving behind their used needles despite being walking distance from a legal injecting centre. 

Locals in the Melbourne suburb of North Richmond are fed up with seeing their once aesthetic neighbourhood littered with trash, needles and drug users. 

On Tuesday, residents shared photos of a woman sitting in the gutters preparing to inject a substance and another of a man passed out on a footpath.

When asked why she wasn’t using the nearby injecting room, the woman told a passerby that she ‘wasn’t allowed’.

On Tuesday, residents shared photos of a woman sitting in the gutters preparing to inject a substance

On Tuesday, residents shared photos of a woman sitting in the gutters preparing to inject a substance

Police arrived on the scene and began speaking with the woman before she was moved along

Police arrived on the scene and began speaking with the woman before she was moved along

This photo was taken on June 17 directly across the road from a public school where students were playing. A man was injecting a substance into his arm

This photo was taken on June 17 directly across the road from a public school where students were playing. A man was injecting a substance into his arm

‘But it’s okay to just do it on a residential street?’ the person asked. 

Moments later, police arrived on the scene and began speaking with the woman before she was moved along.

Other photos show mountains of rubbish piling up on nearby Egan Street, as well as human faeces and the casings of needles.

‘This is the squalor we live with,’ one person wrote on the post.

‘North Richmond is becoming a slum… this is the way it started in Seattle, Vancouver.’   

Other photos show mountains of rubbish piling up on nearby Egan Street, as well as human faeces and the casings of needles

Other photos show mountains of rubbish piling up on nearby Egan Street, as well as human faeces and the casings of needles

The family say there has been a spike in anti-social behaviour since the safe injecting room opened in North Richmond (pictured)

The family say there has been a spike in anti-social behaviour since the safe injecting room opened in North Richmond (pictured)

Other photos show mountains of rubbish piling up on nearby Egan Street, as well as human faeces and the casings of needles

Other photos show mountains of rubbish piling up on nearby Egan Street, as well as human faeces and the casings of needles

Drug paraphernalia was scattered on the ground in the streets near the injection room

Drug paraphernalia was scattered on the ground in the streets near the injection room

Earlier this month, Charlotte Spencer-Roy revealed she regularly found people using drugs in the laneway beside her home.

Her nine-year-old son, Angus, was traumatised after discovering a man who had apparently overdosed laying unconscious outside their home just 10 minutes from the injecting room.

‘He said ”mummy, mummy there’s a dead body”,’ Ms Spencer-Roy told Nine News. 

Ms Spencer-Roy opened her door as two men scrambled to pick up their drug paraphernalia.

Charlotte Spencer-Roy's nine-year-old son, Angus, was traumatised when he assumed a man who had passed out in the laneway was dead so she confronted drug-users outside the home

Charlotte Spencer-Roy’s nine-year-old son, Angus, was traumatised when he assumed a man who had passed out in the laneway was dead so she confronted drug-users outside the home 

‘Why are you choosing to inject here? This isn’t the injecting room,’ she asked as the pair quickly scurried away.

The men told the furious mother the queues at the Lennox Street injecting room were too long and said it was ‘too far away’.

But Ms Spencer-Roy said the controversial injecting room, which opened in 2018, is just a ten minute walk from her house.

One of the men also told the family he was banned from going into the injecting facility.

Ms Spencer-Roy (pictured right with her son Angus) lives just streets away from the controversial injecting room in North Richmond

Ms Spencer-Roy (pictured right with her son Angus) lives just streets away from the controversial injecting room in North Richmond 

Ms Spencer-Roy says this man (pictured) regularly shoots up outside her home

Ms Spencer-Roy says this man (pictured) told her to 'f*** off' after she asked if she was okay

Ms Spencer-Roy said she was spat on and threatened by a drug addict (pictured right and left) who had been shooting up outside her home in November

WHAT IS THE NORTH RICHMOND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE? 

North Richmond Community Health Centre has a medically supervised injecting room.

It opened in June 2018 for an 18-month trial and has recorded more than 60,000 visits and managed more than 1,800 overdoses without a death.

Before the room was opened staff would attend 59 overdoses a year in carparks and gutters without any notice. 

In the first week 400 people went to the room. 

A review of the trial was due in June 2020 to help decide of it would continue to operate.

There has been loud public opposition to the centre since it was established. 

Locals want it moved to another area as they claim it has created more drug use within the community.

Some claim to have seen heroin users take the drug near schools.

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